Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Indonesia quake: Lombok hit by SECOND natural disaster today - Bali rattled

Indonesia quake: Lombok hit by SECOND natural disaster today - Bali rattled

A powerful natural disaster rocked the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali on Sunday, killing at least 82 people, injuring hundreds and damaging thousands of homes just a week after another quake in the region killed 16 people.

It was also felt strongly in the neighbouring Bali, a predominantly Hindu island in the world's largest Muslim majority nation.

A tsunami alert was issued immediately after the quake struck, sending panicked people running to higher ground, but it was later rescinded.

Lombok, a volcanic island that towers over the flatter Gilis, bore the brunt of yesterday's quake, with the vast majority of deaths occurring there.

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck from ten kilometres below the earth's crust. I've had the misfortune of being in 7 earthquakes but none have felt more deep and raw as last nights.

A magnitude 6.4 natural disaster hit the island a week ago, killing 17 people. "A lot of officials were urging people not to panic".

"I've just been to two first-aid sections, one has got people who are still alive, the other one has got a few dead bodies in it".

Thousands of people have been evacuated from buildings into outdoor shelters.

A nearby volcano was evacuated after the quake struck. The warning was lifted later Sunday after only small waves were recorded.

Officials said that almost 8,400 tourists and resort workers had been evacuated from the three Gili islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, where two people died, emptying out a destination popular for its white beaches and turquoise waters.

Sutopo said there were no fatalities among the local and foreign tourists and a joint search and rescue team had deployed three ships to evacuate people.

Thousands left homeless by a powerful quake on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok are sheltering in makeshift tents.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said more than 200 people were injured in Sunday's shallow temblor as rescue workers attempted to reach survivors in remote areas.

"Hopefully, now, with the arrival of heavy equipment, we can get her remains back", said Husni, another family member.

Hotels and other buildings in both locations are not allowed to exceed the height of coconut trees.

"Bali. Trembling. So long", Teigen tweeted to her 10.6 million followers.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. In 2004, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

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